Archive for the 'Tanglewood Jazz Festival' Category

November 18th 2010
The Jazz Session #218: Tanglewood Jazz Festival Sampler

Posted under Bands & Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Violinists & Vocalists

A collection of short interviews recorded at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival in Lenox, MA. Featuring Regina Carter, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Nnenna Freelon and more. Learn more at www.tanglewoodjazzfestival.org.

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February 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #140: Ben Powell

Posted under Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Violinists

Violinist Ben Powell made his festival debut this summer at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, where this interview was recorded. Powell was raised in Cheltenham, England, the son of a cellist and a violin teacher. He released the album Light in 2008. In this interview, Powell talks about his musical upbringing; how a chance meeting with an American conductor led to a Berklee scholarship; and why he’s chosen to focus on music from the early days of jazz. Learn more at www.ben-powell.com.

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January 11th 2010
The Jazz Session #133: Michael Kaeshammer

Posted under Pianists & Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Vocalists

Pianist and vocalist Michael Kaeshammer has spent more than a decade making music that’s both fun and smart. He draws on everything from James P. Johnson and Fats Waller to contemporary pop music on his new album, Lovelight (Alert Music, 2009). In this interview, recorded at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Kaeshammer talks about the nature of showmanship; how he came to love the early stride piano masters; and why New Orleans has become an important source of inspiration for his music. Learn more at kaeshammer.com.

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January 4th 2010
The Jazz Session #131: Chris Potter

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Saxophonist Chris Potter’s new album, Ultrahang (ArtistShare, 2009), is an exploration of groove and melody. In this interview, recorded before Potter’s performance with Dave Holland at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Potter talks about how a middle-class kid in Columbia, SC, ended up liking Chicago blues; why he looks first to please himself with the music he makes; and how rhythm breaks down barriers with an audience. Learn more at www.chrispottermusic.com.

EVENT: Chris Potter’s Underground (Adam Rogers – guitar, Craig Taborn – Fender Rhodes and Nate Smith – drums) will be at the Village Vanguard this week from Jan. 5-10. More information is available at villagevanguard.com.

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November 27th 2009
The Jazz Session #115: Paquito D’Rivera

Posted under Clarinetists & Podcast & Saxophonists & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Paquito D’Rivera is equally at home in the jazz and classical worlds, a fact he showcased during his performance at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival. In this interview, D’Rivera talks about several of the pieces he performed that night: “Conversations With Cachao” and “The Panamericana Suite.” He also discusses “Fiddle Dreams,” a rare commission from the Library of Congress; and why he thinks the jazz and classical worlds can learn from one another. The music in this program is taken from his album Jazz Clazz (Termidor Music, 2009). Learn more at paquitodrivera.com.

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November 25th 2009
The Jazz Session #114: Edmar Castaneda

Posted under Harpists & Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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Harpist Edmar Castaneda combines folkloric music from his native Colombia with jazz and other latin influences on his new album, Entre Cuerdas (ArtistShare, 2009). In this interview, Castaneda talks about his discovery of jazz as a teenager; his first attempts to sit in at descarga jam session … on the harp; and how he ended up with what is probably the only harp-trombone-percussion trio in the world. Learn more at edmarcastaneda.com.

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November 23rd 2009
The Jazz Session #113: Benny Reid

Posted under Podcast & Saxophonists & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

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On his second album, Escaping Shadows (Concord, 2009), saxophonist Benny Reid continues to explore the musical path first laid down by Pat Metheny. In this interview, recorded just after Reid’s performance at the 2009 Tanglewood Jazz Festival, Reid talks about the influence of Metheny; why he chooses to compose everything from the melodies to the bass lines of his tunes; and how he navigates both the artistic and business sides of music. Learn more at bennyreid.com.

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November 9th 2009
The Jazz Session #107: Kat Edmonson

Posted under Podcast & Tanglewood Jazz Festival & Vocalists

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Kat Edmonson is making a name for herself as both a smart interpreter of popular songs (both old and new) and as a musician who puts her values into practice in her art. Edmonson’s debut CD, Take To The Sky (Convivium Records, 2009) features creative reworkings of tunes by Carol King, The Cure and The Cardigans, alongside (un)expected versions of Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Henry Mancini. In this interview, Edmonson talks about her years of apprenticeship in Austin, TX; how she’s navigating the line between jazz and pop music; and how she turned a quotation from Gandhi into a hit YouTube video. NOTE: Edmonson is making two rare East Coast appearances this week: at Sculler’s in Boston on Tuesday (11/10) and at The Jazz Standard in New York on Wednesday (11/11). Learn more at katedmonson.com.

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September 6th 2009
Welcome Tanglewood Jazz Fest fans!

Posted under Site Updates & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Thanks for visiting The Jazz Session! I recorded interviews at Tanglewood with:

  • Nnenna Freelon
  • Harolyn Blackwell
  • Mike Garson
  • Kat Edmonson
  • Michael Kaeshammer
  • Benny Reid
  • Regina Carter
  • Paquito D’Rivera
  • Chris Potter
  • Vanguard Jazz Orchestra: Douglas Purviance, John Mosca, Dick Oatts
  • Ben Powell

Those interview will be available in the weeks ahead. I’ve recently interviewed several players who were at Tanglewood this weekend, including:

  • John Ellis (played on Sunday with Kat Edmonson)
  • Kurt Elling (sang on Saturday on Radio Deluxe)
  • Dan Loomis (played Friday night with Benny Reid, and is heard in this interview with his band The Wee Trio)

You can also read reviews by my colleague Greg Haymes at his excellent site, Nippertown.com. I met Greg this weekend and he’s a great guy who’s passionate about the music. Read his reviews:

I also recorded interviews and wrote reviews of the last year’s jazz festival (2008). Those are archived here.

You’ll also find many other interviews here with jazz musicians from several generations, including established masters such as Sonny Rollins, Chico Hamilton, Steve Kuhn and Eberhard Weber. There are also interviews with musicians who’ve been making a mark during the past decade or two, including Donny McCaslin, Arturo O’Farrill, and Terence Blanchard. And you’ll hear from the next generation of musicians — folks whose names you’ll be hearing for years to come, such as Jo Lawry, Christine Jensen and Miles Okazaki.

Visit the Show Archive for all the past episodes of the show. And come back often! (Or subscribe for free using the links at the left.)

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May 28th 2009
TJS teams up with the Tanglewood Jazz Festival

Posted under Jazz News & Site Updates & Tanglewood Jazz Festival

You may remember that last year I recorded several interviews at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in my hometown of Lenox, MA: Eddie Daniels, Jo Lawry and Spencer Day. This year I’m going back in a much bigger way. Here’s the press release that the Tanglewood Jazz Festival organizers put out today:

Tanglewood Jazz Festival and The Jazz Session Partner

For the first time, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival welcomes Jason Crane and The Jazz Session to the Jazz Shop Tent where Jason will conduct live interviews with artists, ticket holders and others that will be taped for broadcast on his popular interview program (thejazzsession.com).

What’s more, The Jazz Session just announced a new partnership with Allabout jazz.com that will feature the broadcasts on its home page. Allaboutjazz.com is the leading and longest running jazz music website, attracting both enthusiasts and industry professionals while reaching nearly one million unique visitors per month.

“Jason Crane and I have worked together for several years and closely aligning our two properties makes perfect sense as we move forward,” said Allaboutjazz founder and publisher, Michael Ricci. “AAJ already publishes weekly interviews and including The Jazz Session on our roster will raise the entertainment value at the website and further add to our already impressive coverage of jazz.”

Crane said “on The Jazz Session, we focus on the music and the stories behind the music and we let the musicians do most of the talking.” Crane has taped interviews for later broadcast at the Tanglewood Jazz Festival in the past, but this is the first time he will have a dedicated spot in the Jazz Shop Tent and the public is invited to listen in.

“I’m thrilled to be returning to the Tanglewood Jazz Festival,” said Crane. “This is a top-notch festival in one of the most beautiful settings on the East Coast. It’s a very intimate festival, too, which is perfect for getting to know — and interact with — the artists.”

The Jazz Shop Tent is located near the Hawthorne Tent where the Jazz Café artists perform. Jason will be there throughout the day conducting interviews and there will be a small seating area for people to observe.

“I’m really looking forward to having The Jazz Session with us throughout the weekend,” said Dawn Singh, Senior Project Coordinator of the jazz festival. “Jason is a real professional, he’s great to work with, has enormous expertise and is well regarded by the musicians. It’s an excellent partnership all the way around.”

The Tanglewood Jazz Festival kicks off on Friday, September 4, at 6:30 with alto saxophonist, Benny Reid, followed at 8:00 by “An Evening with Paquito d’Rivera.” For more info, go to tanglewoodjazzfestival.org.

For tickets and information, visit the Tanglewood Web site. And here’s the link to my coverage of last year’s festival.

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